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Tropical Fruit Discussion / When are mangosteens in season in PR?
« on: October 02, 2021, 09:38:21 PM »
Since plane tickets are so cheap now, I'm thinking about taking a trip to Puerto Rico soon. I would love to have fresh mangosteens, but I'm having a hard time finding information on when the season is in Puerto Rico; I've seen some places say it starts in October, and others saying it's from June to August.

Anyone think I could find any there in November? What would be the best place to look? Any other fruits (like maybe pulsan) that would be ripe around then?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical Fruit in Exuma?
« on: April 11, 2021, 11:03:34 PM »
My family is going to Georgetown, Bahamas this summer to visit some friends. I want to see some orchards or sample some local fruits that we may not have back home. I'm not finding any information online; does anyone know of any nurseries, farmer's markets, or farms on Exuma (preferably near Georgetown) that we could go to? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How Can I Make a Mangosteen Squash?
« on: February 21, 2021, 01:39:55 PM »
With how expensive mangosteens are, I want to use as much of them as I can. I read on Wikipedia that you can make a drink with them by cooking the rinds of the mangosteens. Anyone have a recipe to share?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What Kind of Mangosteen is This?
« on: February 21, 2021, 01:30:02 PM »

These just came in at my local Asian market. They look a lot fresher than they normally are, plus they're red instead of purple. Does this mean they're kokum mangosteens? I know they're red. Or it just that they're actually not overripe and regular mangosteens are redder at this sage of ripeness?

I'm planning on setting up an orchard in Puerto Rico in the next few years, and hopefully turn it into my main source of income eventually.

Right now, I'm looking into possible locations for the orchard. I don't have a spot nailed down, but I do know where I want to avoid: The southwest, (because of earthquakes) the highest parts, (because of difficulty getting equipment around on steep ground plus making hurricane damage worse) and the coast (because of hurricanes and high prices).

Mayaguez looks promising. I know it's a historical agricultural area, so there will probably be a lot of people and resources there to help (especially the USDA facility). It's also a flatter area with a good elevation. It will probably be a place I check out when I go to Puerto Rico for a trip next year. However, before I go there, I'd like to look at classifieds to see what's available so I don't waste a lot of time driving around looking for "Se vende" signs.

Where is the best place to find land for sale in Puerto Rico? I tried Zillow and similar sites, but I couldn't find many entries on them for properties with a  large amount of land. I'm looking to buy around 20-50 acres (or more, if I can find a really good deal).

If anyone has any other advice, I'd be glad to hear that, too. I'm already brushing up on my Spanish, and I'm prepared to not have reliable utilities. I'm planning on drilling a well and installing solar panels. I don't have that much money set away yet (about $30,000) but I'm planning on taking it all a step at a time. I'm also looking into getting a job that will let me work remotely to give me extra money while I get my farm established.

Looking forward to hearing what you all have to say!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grow Pandan/Hala Fruit in Florida?
« on: September 15, 2020, 11:07:39 AM »
I'm looking for information on how to grow Hala fruit, or Pandanus Tectorius. Searching this site for pandan only shows up info for relatives that don't have this kind of fruit. It looks interesting, and supposedly tastes delicious too. Does anyone know if it will do well in Florida, zone 10a? I know other Hawaiian plants like frangipani and hibiscus do.

Do you know if it will grow well in a pot, at least for the first couple years, just being moved indoors when it gets too cold?

I can't find any plants available for sale here. I've heard that it doesn't really grow well from seeds, either. If they will do well here, does anyone have any cuttings, or know a place that sells them? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passionfruit devasted by caterpillars
« on: March 26, 2020, 09:05:07 PM »
I have a couple passionfruit vines that have been growing great all winter. Today, I came out and saw practically all the foliage on both vines was eaten by these caterpillars.

Last summer, I had a bit of a problem with these guys; probably half of the foliage of one plant (back when I only had one) was eaten. Back then, I put some some insecticide on it that seemed to help. However, the directions on it said to wait until after the plant flowered to apply it--I assume because it inhibits flowering. What can I do? I don't want to have to keep on applying the insecticide and keeping me from getting any flowers and fruit off them, but if I don't apply it, the plants still can't flower because they don't have any leaves.

TL;DR, How do you guys in Florida deal with pest caterpillars on your passion vines? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How many mangoes can a 5 ft tree support?
« on: February 24, 2020, 05:45:43 PM »
My Pickering mango tree had a ton of flowers and now has about 50-80 fruits starting to set, with the rest of flowers drying up and falling off. It's only about 5 feet tall and in a pot. How many mangoes can the tree support at that size?

Should I trim off some mangoes, or will the tree just abort the ones it can't support anyway? The new branches that the mangoes are on don't look like they'd be able to support more than one mango apiece, but I guess since mangoes only grow on new growth anyway, the branches will just get thicker as the mangoes get bigger.

What do you guys think?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilizer Schedule for HLB Infected Citrus?
« on: February 22, 2020, 04:39:16 PM »
My Pumelo tree is infected with HLB. I have heard that it's still possible to have a healthy tree and get good fruit if the tree is fertilized regularly, though I haven't found a place that lists specifically how much that should be.

I know I should fertilize less than what the citrus fertilizer I have calls for—just do it more frequently, but I'm not sure how much less or how more frequently, or if I should still fertilize when it's producing fruit (normally you wouldn't, but if the tree needs constant fertilization to stay healthy...).

Also, what's everyone's thoughts on using a root growth simulator to help the tree? I know HLB attacks the vascular system above the roots and makes it harder to get nutrients to and from the roots, so I thought encouraging root growth would help, like more root volume equals higher pressure to break through the strangling. Has anyone had any success from doing this, or is it waste of money or harmful to the tree?

I welcome everyone's input, I'd love to hear your success stories with HLB/Greening infected trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Identification
« on: January 18, 2020, 03:49:03 PM »
My college has a bunch of these palms planted, which are giving off a lot of fruit. Is this edible? Does it taste any good?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Citrus and Passionfruit insecticide help
« on: November 09, 2019, 05:03:43 PM »
I've never really used insecticides before, but it looks like I need them.

Bugs love my passion fruit vine; I regularly see big holes chewed out of leaves. Bugs like new leaves the best--sometimes, when I can see the plant is going through a growth spurt, it will mainly be a vine extension that grows because I can see most of the new leaves got eaten. I never actually see anything eating it though.

Today, my pumelo tree was crawling with bugs, most of which were the citrus psyllid. The tree already has greening, but with regular fertilizer and root growth hormone application it's starting to come back. But I doubt it can put up with all the bugs on top of greening.

I think insecticide is the best way to deal with the problem. Right now, I'm looking at this one. I don't want one that harms bees, and I'm unsure of the proper time to apply fertilizer. I haven't applied insecticide before; can anyone help? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to by lychees in St. Petersburg?
« on: May 27, 2019, 11:18:14 AM »
Is there any place around St. Petersburg that sells fresh lychees? Last year, I was able to pick some off of trees around town, but I've only seen one tree with a small harvest this year (out of about a dozen trees around town!). I know Lucky's sells lychees, but lat year they were all practically rotten. Is there a farmers/flea market around here that normally has lychees? Hopefully someone around here got a good enough crop to sell some.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting pomelo next to pavement?
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:18:11 PM »
I have a Hirado Butan Pomelo that I want to plant. There aren't many areas in my yard with enough sun for a fruit tree; one of the areas that gets the most sun has pavement on two side. I thought I'd plant it about two feet away from the pavement so that the roots have time to grow down and don't damage the pavement. But since the roots probably won't get much water from the area right under the pavement—which would be where half of the roots are—will the tree thrive there? The tree does have greening, so it needs all the help it can get. Thanks!

A store in Pinellas Park, FL is selling fresh mangosteens (MD Oriental Market. $15 a pound though). I got some and found them delicious. I'd like to plant some of the seeds, but I don't know if it would do any good. Since they're a true tropical plant, there's a very good chance they weren't grown in the US. I know usually produce from outside the US is frozen or irradiated which makes the seeds sterile. Does anyone know if that applies to mangosteens? Or does someone know where these might possibly be grown and whether that applies to that location? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to get Monstrea to fruit?
« on: March 23, 2019, 07:22:26 PM »
I've been trying to get a monstrea for awhile now, and I finally found one at a neighbor's plant sale. He said he planted the original years ago. It was climbing up a tree and finally got fruit near the top. A couple other neighbors have this plant under their trees, but I didn't see any fruit on them. That got me thinking: Even though it tolerates low light, it probably needs more to fruit.

What does everyone else think? Does monstrea require more light to fruit? Is there a danger of too much light killing it? Would it fruit if kept in a gallon pot? Would limited growth help it fruit? I don't want it to get giant and still not fruit like all the other ones I see.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit identification
« on: March 23, 2019, 07:12:55 PM »
I noticed what I think are some fruit trees around the city. There's a lot of pictures coming up (I meant to post a lot of these sooner).

These photos were taken a few months ago. I'm pretty sure it's a cherry tree. Is it?

This tree is my neighbor's. I'm not sure if it's a fruit tree or not, but it sure has a lot of flowers.

Again, a lot of flowers. Not sure if it's a fruit tree or not.

This one definitely has fruit. Not sure if it's edible, though.

These fruits are from a friend's palm tree. Are they edible?

I'm pretty sure this is a lychee tree.

Bonus for sticking around so long! I discovered there's a subdivision that has a flock of peacocks. One was showing off. I'd never seen one doing that in person before. So beautiful! Really bad picture though; I couldn't see the phone screen when I took it because of glare. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Akee tree dying?
« on: January 25, 2019, 12:16:45 PM »
I noticed today that my ackee tree doesn't look so good:

What do you think is the problem? Is is just too big for the pot?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit identification
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:35:28 AM »
I noticed a couple of fruiting plants in my neighborhood this morning

This one I think is called a Chinese Winterberry. Is it? Is it edible?

The fruit on this one looks kind of like monstera deliciosa, but the leaves look all wrong:

What do you think? Is it edible? Will it taste good and be worth the effort of letting it ripen properly?

This one looks like a strawberry tree. I didn't double-check the picture though, and you can barely see a flower. Is that enough to tell?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango trees flowering in winter in zone 10a?
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:21:20 AM »
Many of the mango trees in my area seem to be flowering:

Is that normal for this time of year in Florida? I understand mango season begins in June. Does it just take 5 months from flowering for fruit to ripen? Is it just a little early this year because of our mild winter?

I recently got what I'm pretty sure is a seedling ackee. It's in a gallon pot and about 2 feet tall:

UF's guide says seedling ackee trees take between 3 to 6 years to fruit. I don't know how long it took it get this tall though. How long do you think it will take to fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are there any low-light fruiting plants?
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:40:39 PM »
I want to get more fruiting plants, but most of my yard is in the shade, and most of the shade can't be helped (neighbors' trees, houses, etc). I know most plants that flower and fruit basically require full sun—or more than my yard gets, anyway.

Are there any plants that would produce a decent amount of fruit in mostly shade in zone 10a?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / White alpine strawberry/pineberry
« on: December 31, 2018, 06:51:20 PM »
I heard about this strawberry. Supposedly, it tastes like pineapple. Strawberries and pineapples are some of my favorite fruits, so this sounds interesting. I have  few questions:

Can it be grown as a perennial, or  do I have to have to replant it each year? I know commercial growers usually replant all their strawberries to get higher yields, but I'm not sure that would necessary for me, since I'm not trying to feed an army. Unless,

I've heard this particular strawberry is hard to grow, slow-growing, and gives low yields. If that's the case, I definitely don't want to pull it up every year after finally getting it situated, unless its yield gets way too low after many years.

Also, what's the maximum lifespan of strawberries? I think I remember seeing that they only produce for three years or something. What's your experience?

Lastly, do you think these would produce well in zone 10a? What about zone 13?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best way to eat Peruvian cactus apple?
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:29:44 AM »
My neighbor has what I'm pretty sure is a Peruvian apple cactus. Here's a fruit from it:

The fruit got overripe and split while it was still on the cactus.

Is it still edible, since it never touched the ground? Do I just scrape away that part? Can the fruit be eaten just like a dragonfruit—separate the pulp from the peel and you're good to go? Or is it more like a prickly pear that has tons of inedible seeds in it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this a dragonfruit plant?
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:43:06 AM »
My neighbor has a cactus that grows as a vine and occasionally gets tons of flowers that open at night. I've never seen a fruit on it, but if he only has one variety, I guess that's to be expected. Can you tell by these pictures? Or would you need a photo of the flowers (it doesn't have any now)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Will Garcinia Cambogia grow in Florida?
« on: November 04, 2018, 04:18:14 PM »
I have an opportunity to get Garcinia cambogia seeds, but I want to make sure the trees will do well here before I bother. I know it's related to mangosteen, which is very tropical. Would this tolerate zone 9a-10a? Is there any variety of mangosteen that would? Thanks.

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